Unusual cause of abdominal pain: the disconnected tube after laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding
Ahmed Bensaad, Christophe Fircket
The Pan African Medical Journal. ;28:184. doi:10.11604/pamj..28.184.13963

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Unusual cause of abdominal pain: the disconnected tube after laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding

Ahmed Bensaad, Christophe Fircket
Pan Afr Med J. 2017; 28:184. doi:10.11604/pamj.2017.28.184.13963. Published 30 Oct 2017



Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) is a well recognised and valid option in the treatment of morbid obesity. The objective of this procedure is to restrict the overall food intake. The technique has the reputation of being associated with a low morbidity and almost no mortality. We report the case of a 31-year-old woman, with morbid obesity, who complained from a chronic abdominal pain, mostly localized in the hypogastirum and a failure to lose weight, 13 months after a LAGB. An abdominal x-ray was obtained showing the disconnected tubing from the port, with the separated tube slipping in the pelvis. The patient underwent a laparoscopic retrieval of the band at her will, which was uneventful. Tube disconnection must be considered in patient with history of LAGB, presenting with chronic abdominal pain. A reasonable length separating the port from entrance to the peritoneal cavity may diminish the incidence of this rare LAGB complication. Retrieval of the LapBand is not mandatory in all cases, since reconnecting or changing the port can help solve the problem.


Corresponding author:
Ahmed Bensaad, Hôpital Joseph Bracops, Réseau IRIS SUD, Bruxelles, Belgique
Bensaad12@hotmail.com

©Ahmed Bensaad et al. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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